James LaPlaine

SVP Technology Operations
AOL

As senior vice president of technology operations for AOL, James leads the solution and operations organization that is responsible for the company’s overall IT infrastructure. James oversees AOL's global data centers, private cloud services, networks, systems, storage, and NOC supporting all of AOL's consumer facing applications and advertising services. James has held numerous technology and leadership roles over the 12 years he has been with the company.

His past roles include consulting and service delivery for Perfect Sense Digital, where he filled in as interim CTO at SnagFilms, consulted at Scripps Network Interactive, and lead a team of developers replacing Internet Broadcasting's content management system. At Strategic Technologies, James worked with Fortune 500 companies in the Research Triangle, NC area on operational best practices and systems integration.

James serves on the Executive Technical Advisory Board for Intel Corporation and is a member of the Hewlett-Packard Communications, Media, & Entertainment Board of Advisors.


James is an upstate New York native and holds a computer science degree from State University of New York at Oswego.